1. Joined : May 2015
    Posts : 7
    Windows 10TP
       29 Jul 2015 #1

    Converting license keys for RTM installs?


    Does anyone know how Microsoft handles the whole issue of license keys yet? Does it actually take your old 7/8 key and replaces it with a Windows 10 key?

    I already installed RTM on every machine in the house to avoid the release day rush, but Windows hasn't made any attempt to ask me to upgrade my old keys at all, and since it was a clean install with no key, it keeps reminding me to activate.
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  2. Joined : Oct 2013
    Newport, South Wales, UK
    Posts : 1,207
    Windows 10 Pro x64 - XP/Vista/Win7/Win8.1 in VM for testing
       29 Jul 2015 #2

    The initial upgrade must be exactly that - an upgrade- once you have performed an upgrade on the device it will be possible to perform a clean install - although Microsoft has stated that this may take a while before the system for this is active
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  3. Joined : May 2015
    Posts : 1,372
    Win 10 14393.51
       29 Jul 2015 #3

    Mansen said: View Post
    Does anyone know how Microsoft handles the whole issue of license keys yet? Does it actually take your old 7/8 key and replaces it with a Windows 10 key?

    I already installed RTM on every machine in the house to avoid the release day rush, but Windows hasn't made any attempt to ask me to upgrade my old keys at all, and since it was a clean install with no key, it keeps reminding me to activate.
    See post #6 in this thread.

    Will windows 10 update provide a product key for clean install? - Windows 10 Forums

    Short answer: the free upgrade does not provide a new Win 10 key.

    If you wish to take advantage of it, you'll need to re-install and activate the qualifying OSes on each PC, and then upgrade. I'm not certain, but I believe there's an upgrade option which retains nothing from the old OS, and that may be equivalent to a clean install.
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  4. Joined : May 2015
    Posts : 7
    Windows 10TP
       29 Jul 2015 #4

    Sounds to me like they're expecting you to install your old OS and then do an upgrade every time. :/
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  5. Joined : Sep 2014
    Posts : 2,923
    Windows 10 Pro
       29 Jul 2015 #5

    Mansen said: View Post
    Sounds to me like they're expecting you to install your old OS and then do an upgrade every time. :/
    Only the first time you install to that device. After that, you can do clean installs.
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